Unity College Center for the Arts will host a show of paintings by Hilary Irons titled “The Spiral Staircase.” The show will run at the UCCA’s Leonard R. Craig Gallery through March 28, and an opening reception will be held Thursday, March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

“In my recent work, I envision the landscape as a vessel that contains a story of restless searching. Images of my parents’ land, storms and rain, broken ladders, and stars breaking through clouds are built by filling in the spaces between things with color and darkness,” said Irons, who lives in Portland. “Trees, paths, streams, waterfalls, windows, and lightning come forward with a dull glow, as negative-space constructions. They have the power of that which is absent.”

For more information contact Ben Potter, Professor of Art/Curator of the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at 207-509-7239, or email bpotter@unity.edu.

The UCCA is located at 42 Depot St. (off Route 202) in Unity, Maine, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment.